HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii GOP is facing backlash Sunday after a series of tweets — now deleted — that expressed support for QAnon conspiracy theorists.
Tweets were posted Saturday night on @GOPHawaii and deleted Sunday morning without explanation.
On Sunday night, Hawaii GOP vice Chair of communications Edwin Boyette resigned through a Facebook post. In his statement, he wrote “the discussion of the Q-Conspiracy was an error of judgement.”
The messages on the Hawaii Republican Party’s Twitter account said followers of QAnon don’t deserve mockery and that they were “largely motivated by a sincere and deep love for America.”
The tweets also called QAnon believers “patriots,” while other tweets pointed blame toward the media for creating a “hyperbolic” narrative.
Hawaii’s Democratic party issued a statement saying: “There is nothing patriotic in defending QAnon adherents. There is nothing honorable in defending Proud Boy antics.”
QAnon describes a broad array of right-wing conspiracy theories that, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “falsely claim the world is run by a secret cabal of pedophiles who worship Satan” and are plotting against Donald Trump.
QAnon conspiracy theories, once fringe, have taken off online and now become mainstream. A number of those who participated in the attack on the US Capitol described themselves as QAnon followers.
This story will be updated.